"The act of leading and motivating a group of people, or an organisation, to reach a common goal."
With this is mind, here are my 3 Steps to Becoming a Great Business Leader.
Step One - Comparing Good Leadership with Bad Management
If you are a manager you may ask "what are the similarities between a manager and a leader?" Ultimately these titles will refer to the same person. Managers should be leaders. Managers should show good leadership qualities. Managers have overall authority but they should also lead a team to group success.
But then what can make managers and leaders so different?
Ideally a manager will also be a leader. You may find you are a manager without leadership qualities, or in the worst case scenario (often defined by your team) you could be a bad manager full stop. Bad management styles and bad manager traits do not make for good leaders.
To understand what makes a great leader, team leader, and how to learn great leadership skills, it is necessary to compare what makes someone a good leader; and more importantly, what makes a bad manager.
To make this assessment it is helpful to compare the management characteristics of good leaders versus bad managers.
Good Leaders are
Bad Managers are
The differences are clear. A leader works for their team and a bad manager has only their own interests at heart. Leadership can come naturally, but for most it is a learned skill. Leadership is mostly taught from working with a strong influential manager or mentor during your career and adopting their skills as your own.
Step Two - Motivating Your Team to Group Success